Overview of the Competition
is home to some of the most technologically diverse and scientifically
sophisticated companies in the world. With these avenues for STEM employment
existing in our communities, it is important that our students understand the
concepts and skills that will be invaluable in moving citizens into these high
value occupations. To that end, we are creating an annual themed competition
focused on exposing students to these jobs, skills, and concepts.
This year’s theme is, “Improving Pennsylvania Through
Teams of students from across the commonwealth will be challenged
to research, present, and design a device/project that can make the quality of
life better for citizens of Pennsylvania. High school teams will be provided a
$500 stipend to design and build a prototype of their device/project that can
accomplish a series of tasks, provide a solution to a community based problem,
and improves the lives of Pennsylvanians.
In the identification and research of a team’s authentic problem, students
will engage with their local communities to learn about STEM-related careers.
Developing solutions to problems rooted in the community will build the skills
necessary for students to be successful in STEM opportunities postsecondary. To
culminate the experience, students will be asked to present their findings and
explain the practical applications of their device to a panel of judges. The challenge
will test teams’ communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills
while providing a unique opportunity to share their creativity with students
from across the state.
The competition is open to students in grades 9 through 12
attending public, charter, private, and career technical education centers in Pennsylvania.
Schools will select a team of up to five students. Students will work under the
guidance of a teacher mentor approved by the school.